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Madison Square Garden
New York, New York

For our Dead of the Day, we look to one of the best shows of 1987, at Madison Square Garden. The show opens up with a spunky Hell In A Bucket that segues into Sugaree, where the band sounds palpably excited, settling into a mind-meld state that will continue for the rest of the evening. Whatever you might say about the Dead in the late 80s, they could get locked into one another and just groove like nothing else, and that is exactly what happens on this night. And as that happens, each songĀ rolls out, just as splendid as the last, until they come to the tremendous Bird Song that closes out the set. The Bird Song rises above the inimitable magic of the earlier tunes, pouring...